Publish dateSaturday 31 December 2022 - 16:57
Story Code : 263168
WHO calls on Beijing to strengthen its COVID-19 response
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on China to share more real-time information on Covid in the country as infections surge.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Monitoring, Beijing has lifted most of the country’s strict restrictions over the last few weeks, but cases have soared and several countries are now screening travelers from China.
WHO said in a statement they want to see more data on hospitalisations, intensive care unit admissions and deaths.
It also wants figures on vaccinations.
The United States, Spain, France, South Korea, India, Italy, Japan and Taiwan have all imposed Covid tests for travelers from China, as they fear a renewed spread of the virus.
In the statement, issued after talks with Chinese officials, the UN health agency said: “WHO again asked for regular sharing of specific and real-time data on the epidemiological situation… and data on vaccinations delivered and vaccination status, especially in vulnerable people and those over 60.”
The agency said it was willing to provide support in these areas, as well as help addressing the issue of vaccine hesitancy.
WHO also stressed “the importance of monitoring, and the timely publication of data, to help China and the global community to formulate accurate risk assessments and to inform effective responses”.
WHO’s technical advisory group on the evolution of Covid-19 is set to hold a meeting on Tuesday and the agency said it has invited Chinese scientists to present detailed data on viral sequencing.
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